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How to Stay Productive When the World Is Ending

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Thank you to netglley and the publisher for providing me with a audio arc of the book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
I started listening to this audibook when the title really spoke to me: The world around me was falling apart and due to the horrible circumstances, I had to be more productive then usual Unfortunately, that's not really the point of this book but I did find the narration good and the overall vibe entertaining for what it is.
If you are looking for actual productivity tips in stressful times, this isn't necessarily the one for you but if you are looking for a book poking fun at hustle culture, this might be a fun read.

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I did not finish this one - it was not what I expected and I was just not able to get through it. Thank you for the audio-ARC.

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When this book hit, it was highly relatable, thought provoking, and funny. I felt personally attacked too many times to count. Other chapters were just meh and a few were odd. Overall I'd recommend this just for that millennial "what is this world coming to" commiseration - but in a funny way. Also, cute cover!

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this was just okay. i would not say it was good but i didnt hate it. it had a couple of funny moments but overall the book felt like it was trying too hard

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I love a good sarcastic take on things, especially Elder Millennial things like burn out, but this book was basically a rant. I was definitely amused, but I just don't feel like it justified a whole book. I also didn't feel like it offered any actual suggestions, so it really is all rant. I would find any or all of this amusing in small bites on youtube or in snippets on TikTok but the book just lost my attention.

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How to stay productive when the world is ending started just great!

I loved the first few chapters, but then the theme didn't fit in Europe realitty.

I couldn't connect with it so I didn't appreciated it.

I feel sorry about it, I thought I was going to love it.


2.5 stars

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A fun funny book about how terrible it is to work for a living when it feels like the world is ending. The voice acting was superb but the short story format just works better reading and not as audio. I would definitely give this physical book as a gift but maybe not recommend the audiobook.

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Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this audiobook. Both the narration and the tone of the essays varied greatly. Because comedy is hard, and satire is especially difficult to please every one, I found some of the essays poignant and deeply moving, while others were a miss for me. Overall excellent.

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This satire gave me the laugh I needed to get through the work day! There were so many moments in which I was basically talking to the book.

It feels like listening to a podcast!

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I requested this one because it might be an upcoming title I would like to review on my Youtube Channel. However, after reading the first several chapters I have determined that this book does not suit my tastes. So I decided to DNF this one.

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This book was laugh out loud hilarious. I nearly cried laughing a few times and found myself chuckling to myself throughout. The narrators are fantastic and so serious that I don't know how they were able to make it through the readings without breaking. This was really well done and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have already recommended it to all of my friends. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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This irreverent and humorous self-help book is not your typical guide to self-improvement. Instead, it takes a lighthearted approach to serious topics like personal growth, relationships, and career success. The author's witty writing style and clever anecdotes will keep you engaged and entertained from start to finish. Overall, "How to Stay Positive When the World is Ending" is a refreshing and entertaining take on the self-help genre. If you're tired of dry, boring self-help books and want to try something new, give this book a read. You won't be disappointed.

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Very funny, self aware and relatable for those in an office workspace

I enjoyed that there were different snippets of stories so it wasn't like a full long section on one particluar subject

The only critic I have is that there were a lot of "you're reading a book congratulations" At first this is funny but then after 4 times of hearing in in one reading session it got a little excess and took me out of the audiobook

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I envision myself giving this book to my jaded friend who is beyond ready to move on to something great on her last day in the hypothetical office we both work in. A hilarious romp through the modern pressures of working, perfectionism, and 'have it all' culture, while balancing self-care, work-life balance, and generational trauma. A fun read!

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As a fan of Reductress I was all over this and I have to say it did not disappoint. Fun, evocative, and all too relatable.

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Reviewing a satirical nonfiction piece is a little challenging, since a lot of the content is ironic or flat out the opposite of what should be true. But I enjoyed it nonetheless. This book was irreverent and hilarious. It poked fun at a lot of real issues in the workplace and American culture. Of course, the tongue-in-cheek humor was appreciated all around. The narrators were great—I could hear when something was meant to be in quotation marks or italics… Reductress knows their own voicing very, very well.

I wouldn’t recommend this book to everyone—it is certainly not for people who feel the need to defend hustle or productivity culture. But I’m certainly grateful to have received and audio ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley, Andrews McMeel Publishing, and Reductress!

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How to Stay Productive When the World Is Ending: Productivity, Burnout, and Why Everyone Needs to Relax More Except You is a humor and satire collection from Reductress. The audiobook is narrated by Mara Wilson and Jay Aaseng. This humor collection is about the cult of productivity and the feeling of impending doom that comes with it. Juggling careers, maintaining relationships, managing side gigs, and sustaining an engaging social media presence is hard––and we're expected to do it all while battling the ever-present feeling of existential dread against the backdrop of climate catastrophe, an ongoing pandemic, and social isolation.

How to Stay Productive When the World Is Ending is a funny, and sadly too relatable, collection of short pieces that had me nodding, laughing, and thinking as I listened along. There were bits that were more fun and relate to me than others, but that is to be expected. There is something in this collection for everyone that has ever worked. The readers did a great job of capturing the needed tome in each segment and I really enjoyed the book on several levels.

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Thank you Netgalley for the access to the audiobook!

"Congratulations, you are reading a book"

This was great fun to listen to! It hits the nail about the existential crisis of the young adults and all the struggles in juggling work, personal and social life and how, no matter what, there will never be a great path.
It presents all the subjects in a satyrical and clever way that is entertaining to listen to.

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A collection of different narratives towards saving yourself from the doom this world is headed to sarcastically!

Looks like someone worked in corporate culture and vomited all their fucking suppressed sarcastic thoughts into this. Oh don't worry, I am only implementing the Author's advice to use the F*** word into our resume to make an impression - well, let's see how strong and impressed they feel seeing it in their f***ing review!

I kept waiting for this book to redeem itself but, it was downhill trekking from the top on your 4s. It started with a wonderful topic, addressing the lesser-appreciated people across the world, but oh my God, it quickly transformed into a rant. So here I am with my version of it.

I gave this book a full chance, by not DNFing it in the first hour, so my thoughts are coming from putting in effort and wasting my time on a rantfull list of advice that you might rather keep in your head than put out loud. What made me furious was the advice it offers. Like yeah, the world sucks, but how are your suggestions making it any better?

The only part this book had good was what I understood to be the concept - of not letting yourself become a robot of survival diving deeper every day into a trap created by society and living your life for once, which deserves a star! And another one to the thought behind putting this topic up - I empathise with it.

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I’ve always gotten a kick out of Reductress, so when I saw that the audio of this short book was available for review on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance.

After finishing my listen, I’m underwhelmed. The endless cleverness and satire got repetitive, and I only liked one of the narrators. I know this is satire – and broad satire, at that – but I would have preferred the “bits” that make up the audiobook be read by actors – funny actors – instead of what sounds like professional narrators. I know, I get it – that’s part of the satire – but it was wearing.

Maybe I would’ve enjoyed it more in small bites instead of listening for an hour at a time. I did give it 3 stars, not so much for the funny factor as for the truth that sometimes makes itself very clear in spite of the witty monologues. It could also be that this might not translate well from printed page or screen to audo, for me anyhow.

Thank you to NetGalley and Reductress for the complimentary audiobook, which I used to write this honest review.

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